The Complexity Trap

I recently had a conversation with a civil engineer who specializes in highly integrated super efficient infrastructure projects. For example, the methane gas from a sewerage treatment plant can be captured and used to generate electricity. The waste heat from a power generator can be used to run a desalination plant. Purified sewer water can … Continue reading The Complexity Trap

Municipal Solvency: How to Not Go Broke

There’s currently a lot of talk about why so many towns, counties, and states are going broke. “Teachers are getting paid way too much.”  “Cops and fire fighters have extravagant pensions.”  “It’s waste, fraud, and abuse.”  “It’s welfare queens.”  “It’s immigrants.” “It’s the Democrats.” “It’s the Republicans.” But here’s the truth. Even if you fired … Continue reading Municipal Solvency: How to Not Go Broke

Paved to Death

Here’s what a tradition street grid looks like from Google Earth. This is how most towns in America were organized until about 1945. Kids walked to school. Families walked to church on Sunday. People could easily get to work and access the local bakery, hardware store, library, etc. without a car. This was Norman Rockwell’s … Continue reading Paved to Death